London Chinatown Tour – Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New year! Today I celebrated the Chinese New year here in London. London’s Chinatown is decorated with hundreds of bright red Chinese Lanterns. All the stores and restaurants too have festive decorations for this spring festival. During Chinese New year also known as spring festival London’s Chinatown always looks phenomenal.
The Chinese New Year began on January 28th 2017 and will last until February 15th 2018. Each New Year is symbolised by one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year is year of the Rooster.
Largest Celebrations outside Asia
The festivities each year start the day before New Year and run until Lantern festival on the 15th day of the New Year. London hosts a huge celebration each year in Trafalgar Square. Also the Chinese New Year festival in London is the largest outside Asia.
Today I visited Jen café which is a Chinese restaurant and café on Newport place Chinatown. Jen café has become renowned for their dumplings.
Ladies make Beijing dumplings in the window so you can even watch your dinner being made. The Beijing dumplings are small soft pastry cases filled with pork, onions, herbs and spices.
Also you can have you dumplings steamed, fried or in soup. I went for steamed with some Soy sauce to dip them in.
Next I headed to London’s Chinatown famous bakeries. I visited The Golden Gate bakery and the Kowloon Bakery. So I buy Char Siu buns from both the incredibly popular barbecue pork filled sweet buns. And then made a comparison between the two and you can see the results in the video above.
Finally I headed to one of Chinatown’s many Bubble tea stores. Chartime is a popular traditional Taiwanese bubble tea store so that was my choice on this visit to Chinatown. The choices and combinations of drink available are extensive.
Today I had Cold milk tea also with Aloe Vera jelly, coconut jelly and tapioca pearl beads. If you have not had bubble tea the best way to describe it is like a tea milkshake with jelly sweets in the bottom and you get a straw fat enough to suck up the drink and also the sweets.
Another important festival each year in the Chinese calendar is Autum festival so check out my trip to the here – Chinatown London Mid Autumn Mooncake Festival